Being a mother is tough. In fact, it’s one of the toughest jobs out there. No matter how many times anyone every tells you that though, you won’t understand it until you really do have children of your own. It’s just one of those things in life that you have to experience for yourself.
And the road that paves the path to becoming a good mother is a rocky one that demands much more than just the physical aptitude; mental strength is just as, if not even more important to your success.
I like to compare motherhood to training for the Olympics because, in reality you are indeed preparing for one of the biggest events or journeys in your life…and no one seems to tell you that.
Sure you hear about the general preparatory work that is required, such as changing diapers, doing extra laundry, cooking and cleaning etc., but what about that positive attitude and encouraging voice you need to keep at it when things aren’t going well?
How do you get the energy to stay alert at 3AM while changing diapers or put on a happy face those times when no one is there to help you bathe or feed the little one? How do you stay calm when all the signs of a hungry baby are there but baby rejects the bottle or breast and continues to fuss? How do you keep your cool when you do everything that’s worked before, but baby still cries?
These are scenarios all mothers face at one time or another. And like an Olympian who must think positive, stay focused and persevere in their sport, mothers too must get their mentality in order to be successful.
It’s something that isn’t talked about much, but it’s something that you should know as a new mother.
Being a mother is one of the toughest events I’ve prepared for in my life; I think it’s much more difficult than any sport or event I’ve ever experienced in fact. At times I’ve felt I wouldn’t make it with less than 4 hours of sleep at night, one and a half meals a day and piles of dirty laundry and diapers to clean…but I have.
I’ve kept at it and tried to see the light at the end of the tunnel despite not always being successful at first. Like a true athlete that becomes better with each practice and learns to have faith in his/her own abilities, I too have learned the mental strength required in preparing for the biggest journey of my life!
Ana, a mom to three rambunctious little boys, has supported thousands of women throughout their pregnancy and motherhood journey since 2012 as a prenatal and postpartum educator at MommysBundle.com.